Australian woman trapped in Bali five years after passport expires
9-year-old Australian stranded in Bali without a passport for FIVE YEARS because her Indonesian mother wants money and refuses to sign papers
- Ebony Silva has been stranded in Indonesia since 2012 without a passport
- Her Australian father, Peter Silva, tried to bring her home
- Ebony needs both parents to sign her passport renewal application
- His Indonesian mother refused to sign unless paid by Mr. Silva
- Australian authorities have promised the family they will help bring her home
The family of a girl from Melbourne, nine, who faces her fifth year of being stranded in Indonesia because of an expired passport, say Australian authorities are refusing to help.
Ebony Silva has been stuck in Bali with her Australian father, Peter Silva, 47, since her Indonesian mother left the family and refused to sign the papers unless she was paid $ 500,000.
It has been a year since Foreign Secretary Julie Bishop wrote to the Silva family telling them that they would work to bring Ebony home, but they still have not received any help from Australian authorities.
9-year-old Ebony Silva has been stuck in Indonesia with her father Peter since 2012 without a passport
Les Twentyman youth worker slammed Australian authorities and accused the public of double standards, reports Herald Sun.
“We tell everyone about detained refugee children, but we don’t even take care of our own children,” he said.
Australian authorities refused to renew Ebony’s Australian passport until her estranged mother signed a passport application, which the mother only agreed to pay if she was paid $ 500,000 by the daughter’s father .
Mr Silva is trapped with his daughter until the government examines the case between January and March 2017.
“This is a very bad situation for my family, Ebony and I. You would think the Australian government would help its own citizens.”
Ebony, who was born in Indonesia, lived in Altona, a suburb west of Melbourne, before finding herself trapped in the passport dilemma.
Late last year, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop wrote to the Silva family saying she would work to bring Ebony back to her family by Christmas.
Australian authorities refused to renew Ebony’s Australian passport until her distant mother signs a passport application
Ebony, who was born in Indonesia, lived in Melbourne before finding herself trapped in the passport dilemma